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Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken: Whole30, Paleo, Gluten-Free

This Whole30 instant pot Hawaiian BBQ chicken recipe is so easy and quick and requires very little prep time. It all comes together in one pot in 30 minutes, and is also paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free. This Whole30 instant pot chicken breast recipe has a tangy sauce made from BBQ and pineapple that perfectly coats the bell peppers and onions and goes great mixed with rice or cauliflower rice.

  • Author: Bailey
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Diet: Gluten Free
This Whole30 instant pot Hawaiian BBQ chicken recipe is so easy and quick and requires very little prep time. It all comes together in one pot in 30 minutes, and is also paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free. This Whole30 instant pot chicken breast recipe has a tangy sauce made from BBQ and pineapple that perfectly coats the bell peppers and onions and goes great mixed with rice or cauliflower rice. #whole30instantpot #instantpotchicken #glutenfreeinstantpot
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, roughly chopped
  • Juice and pineapple from 1 (20 ounce) can of pineapple chunks, in 100% juice
  • 1/2 cup Primal Kitchen BBQ Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger, or 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • Juice of 1/2 large lime, or 1 whole small lime
  • Optional: 1/2 tablespoon arrowroot flour, mixed into 2 tablespoons water, to thicken sauce
  • Optional, to garnish: chopped green onions, lime wedges, chopped cilantro, sliced jalapeño

Instructions

  1. Turn your instant pot onto sauté mode and add the oil. Once hot, add in the diced chicken pieces and sauté about 1 minute per side
  2. While the chicken is sautéing, combine the pineapple juice, BBQ sauce, coconut aminos, minced garlic, ginger, salt, pepper and lime juice in a mixing container. Whisk together until the sauce is incorporated together
  3. Turn the instant pot off of sauté mode and add the chopped bell peppers and chopped onions into the instant pot over top of the chicken. Pour the sauce over the vegetables, and then dump in the pineapple chunks. Do not stir
  4. Place the lid onto your instant pot, set the valve to “sealing”, and set the cook time to manual high pressure for 5 minutes
  5. Right before the cook time is up, dissolve the arrowroot in the 2 tablespoons of water by whisking with a fork
  6. Do a quick release on the instant pot and remove the lid. Set the instant pot back onto sauté mode and pour in the flour/water mixture. Stir it into the Hawaiian BBQ chicken and let it come to a simmer. The sauce will begin slowly bubbling as it thickens. Turn the instant pot off and serve

Notes

  • Add another 1/2 tablespoon of arrowroot dissolved in a bit of water if you’d like the sauce to be thicker yet
  • You can make your own sugar-free BBQ sauce using this Whole30 Homemade BBQ Sauce recipe